When she’s not working with big names like Lupita Nyong’o, Jennifer Hudson, and Hilary Swank, celebrity stylist Micaela Erlanger also divulges her fashion expertise in our Ask a Stylist column. From the best places to source vintage to the secret to finding your most flattering jeans, come back each week for a professional’s perspective.
Finding the perfect pair of jeans is a little like cooking the perfect meal—it takes precision, creativity, and a little bit of luck. After all, it’s not just about finding the right size or length. Instead, scoping out the right pair is also a juggling act between wash, cut, and style. That being said, no wardrobe is complete without a pair that fits just so. Sure, there’s a dash of trial and error that comes along with the process, but every woman can find a pair of jeans that makes her look and feel amazing.
Read more for the one style I have found is almost universally flattering for my clients.
Flared jeans are one of the best investments to make in your wardrobe, because they are easily the most flattering cut. Especially with the right heel or wedge, they can make you look long, tall, and slim. Flared jeans are also a versatile style that pair well with a variety of rises. If you’re curvier, consider a high- or mid-rise pair. If you have a more narrow figure—or if you have six-pack and want to show it off—you can do low rise. Flares give your silhouette shape and balance, which is the key to making any outfit work. They also add volume at the ground, which draws your eye (and the camera lens) upward.
One of my go-to brands to find flared jeans is Frame denim. You really can’t get a better quality pair of jeans, and they hold their stretch really well. Other brands that I love include J Brand, James Jeans, and DL 1961.